This paper presents an educational method for minimally invasive surgery, conceived in collaboration with educationalists and arthroscopists, and an integrated system to train a priori knowledge and to exercise manual dexterity. The approach is generally suitable for minimally invasive surgery interventions but has been developed specifically for knee arthroscopy.Based on a classification of the knowledge, the system provides multimedia modules to train anatomical and procedural knowledge and a surgical simulator for training perceptual motor skills. We have tested the system in making three surgeons perform a series of tests. The results show that performance increases with the degree of experience. We also delivered a usability questionnaire and evaluated the appreciation by the surgeons. The test results and the appreciation showed by the surgeons encourage the prosecution of the research.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||International Journal of Medical Robotics and Computer Assisted Surgery|
|Publication status||Published - Sep 2005|
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